OVERRIDE

Engines of the Broken World

Jason Vanhee

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Merciful Truth and her brother, Gospel, have just pulled their dead mother into the kitchen and stowed her under the table. It was a long illness, and they wanted to bury her—they did—but it’s far too cold outside, and they know they won’t be able to dig into the frozen ground. The Minister who lives with them, who preaches through his animal form, doesn’t make them feel any better about what they’ve done. Merciful calms her guilty feelings but only until, from the other room, she hears a voice she thought she’d never hear again. It’s her mother’s voice, and it’s singing a lullaby. . . .

Engines of the Broken World is a chilling young adult novel from Jason Vanhee.


BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

ONE
 
 
It snowed the day our mother died, snow so hard and so soft at the same time that we could neither bury her nor take her out to the barn. So we set her, my brother and me, under the table in the kitchen, and we left her there because we didn’t know what else to do. There wasn’t anyone else to ask, our father dead for years and the village nearly empty and no one to help out two kids left alone in the winter.
Except it wasn’t winter, not really. It was October. Storm like that, with snow like that, we shouldn’t have had till much later, till
READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for Engines of the Broken World

*"Faith and hopelessness swirl like snow in a winter storm in this scary but terrific debut novel with a fresh, engaging voice." - Kirkus, starred review

 
 

"In dense, lyrical language, the novel raises questions of religion, morality, and free will as it builds toward a dark and ambiguous ending." - The Horn Book

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jason Vanhee

  • Jason Vanhee lives in Seattle, Washington. Engines of the Broken World is his first novel.
  • Jason Vanhee
BACK

BUY THE BOOK

Available Formats and Book Details

Engines of the Broken World

Jason Vanhee

BACK

FROM THE PUBLISHER

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

BACK